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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

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IMDbPro’s ALL-TIME TOP-GROSSING, LIVE-ACTION SPORTS-THEMED MOVIES*
1. The Blind Side (2009) $255.9M
2. The Karate Kid (2010) $176.6M
3. The Waterboy (1998) $161.5M
4. The Longest Yard (2005) $158.1M
5. Jerry Maguire (1996) $153.9M
6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) $148.2M
7. Rocky IV (1985) $127.8M
8. Rocky III (1982) $125.1M
9. Seabiscuit (2003) $120.2M
10. Blades of Glory (2007) $118.6M
*These are the Top 10 domestic-grossing, live-action movies with sports as a central theme. These numbers have not been adjusted for inflation.

Data provided by Box Office Mojo

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Most-Watched Winter Olympics in U.S. TV History
1. Lillehammer, 1994* 204 million
2. Vancouver, 2010 190 million
3. Salt Lake City, 2002 187 million
T4. Torino, 2006 184 million
T4. Albertville, 1992 184 million
T4. Nagano, 1998 184 million
* Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding incident

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Feb012014

Free U2 Download, Bank Of America Driving AIDS Awareness During Super Bowl

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

February 1, 2014: Back in 2002, U2 starred in the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVI in the SuperDome in New Orleans. The playlist included "Where the Streets Have No Name," "Beautiful Day" and "MLK."

U2 will be back in the Super Bowl, not as halftime performers, but as one of the diving forces behind (RED), designed to raise awareness for and drive contributions to the fight against Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.

Beginning on Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, and for a period of more than 24 hours, a new U2 song, "Invisible," will be available globally via iTunes as a free download to benefit (RED). The free download begins on Feb. 2 at 6 PM (ET) just before the start of the game and runs until 12:59 PM (ET) on Feb. 3.

(RED) and U2 have established a YouTube destination to see a video of the iconic band playing "Invincible," which goes live prior to the game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos begins. (See it here.)

A 60-second spot from Bank of America featuring the song will air during Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox.

For every download, the Global Fund — via (RED) — will receive a $1 donation from Bank of America with the total donation up to $2 million.

U2 also has set up a hash tag destination, #NewU2Song, via its Twitter account to help drive awareness.

A new alliance with Bank of America, which has committed $10 million to (RED), has also resulted in a $10 million match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and $1 million each from both SAP and South Africa's Motsepe Family, bringing the total commitment to $22 million.

According to (RED), "700 babies are born with HIV every day. By 2015, that number can be close to zero."

The Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and malaria has generated more than $240 million since being founded in 2006 by U2's Bono and Bobby Shriver. The groups said that "100% of the funds raised by (RED) go to the Global Fund as no overheads are removed."

(RED) said funds are fighting AIDS in eight African countries — Rwanda, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa — where donations pay for AIDS treatment, testing and prevention services, with a focus on ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

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